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Poster: billbarstad Date: Jan 8, 2011 1:37pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: What's all the hoopla?

Personal, but mostly corporate greed, is responsible for what is a ridiculously long copyright term. Fresh out school, a director, cinematographer, or screenwriter in her/his 20s can easily live another 50 years, making their work last 50+70=120 years in copyright. Up until 1978, copyright length was only a maximum of 56 years. That's 28 years of protection after registering the film, plus another 28 years if the copyright was renewed. That's a reasonable copyright term in my opinion.

The Center for the Study of the Public Domain has more on the erosion of the public domain.